Sounds Like Sweater Weather

It’s easy to see the array of colors signifying Fall is here, pretty easy to taste the variety of pumpkin spice treats, you can feel the briskness in the air, and even smell the mixture of dew, dirt, and leaves every morning. Fall happens to be my favorite season, as I’m sure it is for many people, but what signifies Fall to me has never been the other senses as much as hearing it arrive.

How can you hear a season? Surely I’m not the only one who can tell the difference, right? Does anyone else out there know what I’m talking about?

I grew up on an acre of land surrounded by trees, with the main road about 500 yards downhill a rocky dirt road. Whenever the cars speed down the street, the sounds they make seem to take on a different tune throughout the seasons. I don’t know if it’s the distance it has to travel up to my house, the cooler air effecting the sound-waves or the amount of trees the sound echoes off of, but I can hear the difference when fall comes around.

It’s this far off woosh sound that makes you feel like you’re a million miles away from the original sound but at the same time, as if it’s right next to your ears. I know it doesn’t make sense. In the summer, the air is so dry, that the sound is so clear, you can make out every distinct noise without disruption. But in the fall, it’s muffled, almost as if the sound itself put on a cozy sweater to soften the brisk air around it.

Maybe it’s all in my head, but I believe Fall can be heard in more ways than one. What about music? Isn’t there a specific song that just screams sweater weather to you?

I think Of Monsters and Men’s “Little Talks” is a good example of a Fall song. It has this kind sound that makes my heart both hurt and soar at the same time. It’s the kind of song I can listen to surrounded by close friends while at the same time blasting in my headphones on a walk alone in the woods.

Naturally, I have an entire Fall playlist, one for 2012, 2014, and 2015. Maybe they’re just songs I happened to hear whenever it turned chilly outside so I associate them with Fall? Maybe they kind of remind me of the far off echo of cars speeding down the county road? Then again, maybe I’m just crazy, but I’m sure I’m not the only one.

What’s your sweater weather song?


A Fellow Human


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